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Cowboys Mock Draft Challenge: Your Chance To Be GM Jerry Jones

Brian Martin



2017 Cowboys Mock Draft Challenge: Your Chance To Be GM Jerry Jones

The 2017 NFL draft is now just days away, which means the long-awaited event is finally upon us. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to issue a mock draft challenge to all of you and give everyone a chance to try their hand at being GM/Owner Jerry Jones for the Dallas Cowboys.

I did this mock draft challenge back in January, but things have changed since then. We should all have a much better understanding of the Dallas Cowboys team needs and the potential prospects they could be targeting.

Of course, we have to establish some kind of ground rules in order for this to be as close to realistic as possible. So, this is how it's going to work.

Using Fanspeak's mock draft simulator you will select the prospect of your choice for the Cowboys in each round. But, here's the catch. You have to draft the player in the correct slotted area for the Cowboys. For instance, the Cowboys have the 28th overall draft pick in the first round, so you can't draft a player that is ranked lower than that.

I personally agree with Matt Miller's player rankings the most, so I used his big board for this exercise. Below is how my Cowboys draft turned out for this mock draft challenge.

Round 1 (28th overall) - Tyus Bowser, DE, University of Houston

Round 2 (60th overall) - Marcus Williams, S, Utah

Round 3 (92nd overall) - JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

Round 4 (113rd overall) - Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

Round 6 (211th overall) - Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State

Round 7 (228th overall) - Avery Gennesy, OT, Texas A&M

Round 7 (246th overall) - Jeremy Cutrer, CB, Middle Tennessee State

I don't know about you, but I would absolutely ecstatic if this is how the Dallas Cowboys draft actually turned out.

Tyus Bowser is a little bit under the radar as a defensive end prospect, but could be exactly what the Cowboys are looking for to improve their pass rush. He is one of the more athletically gifted DEs in the entire draft class and I think he can get anywhere from 6 to 8 quarterback sacks as a rookie.

With the exception of Byron Jones, I'm not a big fan of the safeties on the Cowboys roster. That is why I drafted Marcus Williams in the second round for the Cowboys. He is one of the better ball hawking safeties in the entire draft class and would allow the Cowboys secondary to get really creative with their coverages.

JuJu Smith-Schuster has #1 WR potential and would be really good insurance in case Dez Bryant continues to struggle with injuries. He could compete to play opposite Bryant as a rookie.

In the fourth round I think I got an absolute steal. Teez Tabor looks like a first-round CB on film, but his poor 40 yard dash time is going to drop him in the draft. He could end up being a Day 1 starter for the Cowboys.

The rest of the players I drafted will provide some solid depth and be key backup role players as rookies. Pumphrey would likely take over Lance Dunbar's role, Gennesy will compete to be the Cowboys right tackle, and Cutrer could challenge for playing time as a rookie at CB.

All in all, I personally think this would be an excellent draft for the Dallas Cowboys.

How did your Dallas Cowboys mock draft turn out?

Use the comment section below to share with all of us how you did in the place of GM Jerry Jones.

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  • Terence Watson

    1st Round Pick 28 EDGE CHARLES HARRIS MISSOURI (Finally get speed off the edge)
    2nd Round Pick 60: CB CORDREA TANKERSLEY CLEMSON (Great cover corner)
    3rd Round Pick 92 WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER USC (Large,Fast & Strong WR they love)
    4th Round Pick 133 S XAVIER WOODS LOUISIANA TECH (Center fielder who can hit)
    6th Round Pick 211 RB AARON JONES UTEP (Perfect 3rd Down back for the Cowboys)
    7th Round Pick 228 OT CONOR MCDERMOTT UCLA (Possible Chaz Green replacement)
    7th Round Pick 246 DL JEREMIAH LEDBETTER ARKANSAS (Rotational D-line depth)

  • Mike

    Using your logic, Gennesy is not there at 228. Using Matt Miller’s board, if you like Bowser, I think you have to go 1 King-CB or Tre White-CB 2 Bowser-DE 3 John Johnson-S. No O-linemen worth late round flier. I personally prefer 1-King-CB (would consider Tre White as well), 2-Melifonwu-S, 3-D Walker-Edge, 4-Kittle-TE, 6- Boulware-LB, 7A-Pumphrey-RB, 7B-Westbrook-WR

  • nick

    Rd1 s. obi melifonwu
    Rd2 cb. adoree Jackson
    Rd3 cb. Sidney Jones
    Rd4 de. damarcus walker
    Rd5 ot. storm Norton
    Rd7 wr. fred ross
    Rd7 DL. Jeremiah ledbetter

    As you can see I overhauled the secondary. Melifonwu can easily replace church as the run stopper, but can also shut down the TE’s that killed us last year. Adoree Jackson can easily become 1 of the best slot corners in the league. And Sidney Jones when he gets healthy is going to be a baller, he’s still my favorite corner with the injury and id be ecstatic to get him in the 3rd. Damarcus walker could turn out to be a good player with some marrinelli magic. The other guys are just devepmental players that I hope could eventually turn into good players. God willing every one stays and/or gets all the healthy, how would this starting defense sound ?
    FS Byron jones
    SS Obi melifonwu
    LB Sean Lee
    LB Jaylon Smith
    CB Sidney Jones
    CB Anthony Brown
    CB Adoree Jackson, or Orlando scandrick

    And of course a DL rotation of Lawrence, Irving, mayowa, tapper, walker, Collins, crawford, Thornton, paea. Unfortunately I’m just hoping for irving, tapper, and collins to really break out and improve this year to make a difference on the DL. But atleast our secondary would be rebuilt and looking like it could be 1 of the best in the league. We didn’t get our war daddy DE in this draft but maybe next year Gregory pulls his head out of his butt, and we land another good 1 in the 1st rd of next years draft.

    • Brian Martin

      I think they are going to go pass rusher much higher and I doubt Sidney Jones is even another draft board. But, this wouldn’t be a bad draft for the Cowboys.

    • Randy Martin

      There is a high likelihood Sidney Jones doesn’t play at all this season with the achilles injury and based on JJ’s comments about redshirt players I don’t see that happening. Especially as a 3rd pick.

  • Randy Martin

    I like your draft for the most part. I was on Bowser months ago but never as a 1st round guy. When i started doing mocks in January he was usually a 4th to I think 6th round guy. He has flown up into the first round and i always get a little concerned about that. His tape is good and he does look like a Marinelli kind of guy. Love the Marcus Williams and Juju picks. I’m in the camp that believes we need a receiver sooner rather than later and I think Schuster is one of the guys we should be targeting. I’m not in love with Tabor though he has good tape but if he is there in the 4th round I would say it’s worth the risk. I’m not so concerned about his 40 time…just don’t like his attitude and off-field antics. Pumphrey is an easy guy to root for but I’m just not a fan of little backs. i know he has been durable in college but the NFL is a different game. I don’t know much about Gennesy but we need an OT so at that point your just looking for a guy that can hopefully make the team. I think Cutrer could be a steal at that pick. I think his upside is pretty high. If this was our draft I wouldn’t be mad. Let me take a fresh cut.

    • Brian Martin

      Bowser reminds me of Leonard Floyd, who the Cowboys were pretty high on last year. Ideally I would rather draft him in a trade back scenario, but I would be okay if they took him at 28. Marcus Williams would allow the secondary to do so many different things with their coverages. He would even allow Jones to play some CB if necessary. Smith-Schuster would be good insurance if Dez Bryant continues to struggle with injuries. I like Tabor the middle rounds. With a safety like Byron Jones or Williams playing over the top, his lack of deep speed is less of a concern. And I’m with you on smaller RBs. I would rather get those guys as undrafted free agents. Gennesy would provide competition at RT, but could play OG as well. And I really like Cutrer. He needs to get in the weight room and add some muscle, but he could compete for playing time as a rookie.

  • Randy Martin

    Ok so nobody wants to look at two mocks but I did two because I want to see what it looks like going DE first and what it looks like going CB first. Here is Mock #1:

    28: R1P28
    60: R2P28
    92: R3P28
    133: R4P26
    211: R6P27
    228: R7P10
    246: R7P28

    I went with Watt in rd. 1 because 1) Did you see how good he was in his first year to start and 2) I believe his ceiling is tremendous. When JJ says he is better than he was at that point then just send the card in. With #60 I had to get Malik McDowell. Does he take a play off from time to time. Yeah maybe but with him and Watt and the pieces they have this will allow them to put the best line forward and anyone that doesn’t make the roster so long. Witherspoon has all the physical traits the Cowboys covet at 6-2 and 200 lbs, with long reach and good speed. He is a complete fit for what we are looking for. Also happens to be a pre-med student so he is super smart. Delano Hill is not a name we have heard a lot but at 6-1, 225 he is physical, can wrap up tackles, true in the box safety with cover skills with great upside. Dane Brugler has him as his #11 safety with a rd. 3-4 grade. True SS with 3 INT’s this past season. We need to draft a backup QB and Jerod Evans is a name that has been linked to Dallas. Aaron Jones has been on my radar for awhile. Yeah he’s only 5-9 but just under 210 lbs. Adequate speed with good vision, with both excellent pass catching and blocking skills. This is really all we need from a relief RB and he would be a welcome addition. Last guy is Kenny Golladay. He is another guy that is not getting a lot of love but he could be a real sleeper at WR. Has a 4th round grade from Brugler and at 6-4, 220 offers that big imposing target you look for. He is from Tony Roma’s Alumni Northern Illinois and had 2300 yards and 18 TD’s the last two seasons. Great football character and a RKG Garrett guy.

    • Brian Martin

      I think this would be an excellent draft of the Cowboys. I am concerned about Watt’s college injuries, but he has really good upside. I would be surprised if McDowell makes it out of the first round. I actually think Marinelli is really high on him and would be a consideration at 28. I also like Witherspoon. I think he could be a day 1 starter. All in all, I would be happy with this draft.

  • John Williams

    Using the Big Board from Jonah Tuls from Draft Breakdown (most recent), here’s what I netted…

    1-28 – TJ Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin. Jonah’s 13th ranked player. Quincy Wilson, Takk McKinley, Charles Harris and Gareon Conley were taken just after. I don’t think corner is as dire as others make it.

    2-60 – Rasul Douglass, CB, West Virginia. Jonah’s 43rd ranked player. Would have preferred Cordrea Tankersley, but he was ranked 63rd and per the rules, couldn’t select someone ranked lower than the draft slot. Other option would have been Jabril Peppers. Just not so sure.

    3-92 – Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma .There were three Wide Receivers and two CBs on the board. Chris Godwin, Cooper Kupp, and Dede Westbrook. I chose Westbrook. His downfield speed provides something that this offense doesn’t have. Sidney Jones was one of the Cornerbacks, but as has been mentioned, it’s not likely the front office takes ‘redshirt’ players this year.

    4-133 – Joe Mathis, EDGE, Washington. They like to throw numbers at the defensive line and I’m giving them what they like. I’m a bit concerned about Demarcus Lawrence at this point. His back isn’t staying healthy and it’s important to have flexibility there. Between Tapper, Watt, and Mathis, the defensive end group is going to get an injection of talent in 2017. Also considered D’Onta Foreman.

    6-211 – Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma – If you watched as much OU football as I have, then you know that Evans is a straight up playmakers. Interceptions and pass breakups for days. Evans is the definition of a ball hawk. Would allow you to mix and match your personnel in nickel using him and Lee to drop in coverage while sending Scandrick on a blitz or lining up Jaylon Smith to rush off the EDGE. Evans could also play strong side linebacker in base formations. Ranked number 202 on Jonah’s board, he’ is the BPA at this point. Other options were WR and interior DL. I want the playmaker.

    And then my internet quit and lost the rest of the draft.

    • John Williams

      Attempt number two…

      1-28. TJ Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin
      2-60. Akhello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado. Could have also gone Schuster, Rivers, Basham, or Awuzie.
      3-92. Josh Jones, S, NC State. Would have liked Xavier Woods, but he was ranked lower than pick 92. Desmond King was the other option at Safety. Dede Westbrook was available at WR. Jordan Willis the top rated EDGE player. Highly considered it, but think I can still add at the positions a bit later.
      4-133. Taywan Taylor WR, Western Kentucky. He was the 92nd rated player on the board. Also could have gone a different direction in the third because Tedric Thompson was available to me here. Oh well. Taylor was a highly productive receiver with a lot of skills that can be used in a lot of areas on the field.
      6-211. Charles Walker, DL, Oklahoma. Didn’t want to go that direction, but everything available were WR and my man Jordan Evans was already gone.
      7-228. Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP. Need a young back to develop.
      7-246. Keionta Davis, EDGE, Chattanooga. Best player available.

      • Brian Martin

        This would be a good draft for the Cowboys.

    • Brian Martin

      This is a pretty good draft. Taking Douglas in the second round is a little high for me though. I think he’s going to have to be a zone CB in the NFL.

      • John Williams

        I have mixed opinions on him mostly because draftniks seem to be mixed on him as well. I like his size and I don’t mind if he’s a zone corner. I think zone allows more opportunities to create turnovers.

  • Mike Capesius

    If you like Bowser, you can get him in the 2nd round based on Matt Millers rankings.

    1-Tre White-CB-LSU
    2-Marcus Williams-S-Utah
    3-Demarcus Walker-DE-Florida State
    4-Dede Westbrook-WR-Oaklahoma
    6-Ben Boulware-LB-Clemson
    7A-Jeremy Clark-CB-Michigan
    7B-Hunter Dimmick-Edge-Utah

    No great passrushers at 28 or 60 so take the best CB and S. Walker is very underrated. Boulware is a tackling machine and will stick just for special teams if nothing else. Clark is a project that could be a safety or CB.

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2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott

Sean Martin



2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott
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With more pressing needs on offense at guard and wide receiver, and defensively at DE or LB, the Cowboys' concerning lack of proven ability at safety has taken a backseat in this offseason's roster build. With the expectation that new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard will elevate the play of the entire Cowboys' secondary, the team is doing their due diligence on safeties available in the 2018 NFL Draft - starting with Texas' DeShon Elliott.

Josh Norris on Twitter

It appears Texas S DeShon Elliott is visiting the #Cowboys today

With 63 tackles and six interceptions in his final season at Texas, Elliott took full advantage of being a starter in the Big 12 for the first time in his career, flying onto the NFL Draft scene.

Elliott is a well-balanced, average athlete with the upside to be targeted late in April's draft and make a difference.

If they had to play a game tomorrow, the Cowboys would be rolling with Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, and Kavon Frazier at safety.

Finding an expanded role this season for Frazier should be a priority in Dallas, as should supplementing Heath and Woods with additional talent. DeShon Elliott would fit this group well, along with the Cowboys' scheme, given his range and disruptive ability.

Should Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and now Byron Jones help the Cowboys reach their full potential at CB, the Cowboys safeties will not be tested in single coverage up the field often. This is an area that Elliott was exploited in at Texas plenty of times, performing better as a true free safety or second-level player.

Continuing to add young talent at the right price is key to the Cowboys' ongoing rebuild on defense, now visiting with a local safety prospect that should be available to them in the later rounds. Texas' DeShon Elliott is officially a name to consider come draft week in Dallas.

Tell us what you think about "2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Draft: PSU WR DaeSean Hamilton Fits Cowboys’ “Type”

Kevin Brady



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Last week, I detailed what the Cowboys tend to look for when drafting a wide receiver. In terms of a combine profile, Dallas clearly has a "type" of wide-out they like to target.

The Cowboys certainly need to upgrade their receiving corps, but with the plethora of other holes to fill, they may not be able to do so until the 3rd or 4th round. Luckily for the Cowboys, there is at least one receiver which both fits their profile and should be available early on day three.

That player is Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.

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Working on something for @InsideTheStarDC... here's the height, weight, 40 time, and 3 cone for every WR DAL has taken since 2010.

First, let's re-examine what the Cowboys like to look for. As you can see from the above graphic, the Cowboys draft targets all seem to fit a similar profile. If we treat Dez Bryant as their "ideal" draft pick, the trends become even clearer. Dallas wants to find a wide-out who is about 6'1" 205 pounds, runs nearly a 4.5 40 yard dash, and about a 6.9 three come time.

DeaSean Hamilton, coincidentally, is 6'1" 203 pounds, ran a 4.47 40 yard dash at the Penn State pro day, and ran a 6.84 three cone at the combine. Penn State's all time receptions leader stole the show at the 2018 Senior Bowl, putting all of "Draft Twitter" on notice to his talent.

An efficient and smooth route runner, Hamilton looks natural coming in and out of breaks, creating separation with his precise routes. The Cowboys don't have many receivers on their roster who can win with their route running, and adding a player like Hamilton would greatly help third year quarterback Dak Prescott moving forward.

With the ability to play in the slot, as well as potentially being a Z receiver for the Cowboys and a replacement for Terrance Williams, Hamilton would be an excellent draft target in the third or fourth round. And, keeping in mind how nicely he fits their typical draft profile, I'd expect Dallas to target Hamilton during the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Dallas Cowboys Mock Drafts Address Needs at 3 Different Positions

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Mock Drafts Address Needs at 3 Different Positions

"Tier two" of NFL Free Agency is here, meaning the Dallas Cowboys can set their sights on adding depth and filling the holes left by departed FAs Anthony Hitchens and Jonathan Cooper.

It may take another week for mock drafts to reflect the losses of both starters by the Cowboys, but the ongoing draft process does not slow down at any point. A few of the names the Cowboys will bring in for pre-draft 30 visits have already been released, and this week's roundup of national mock drafts continues to address the overall needs on this Dallas roster.

CBS Sports: Calvin Ridley, WR - Alabama

CBS Sports' R.J. White:

"Ridley's stock is down after an unimpressive combine, but the Cowboys decided to use one of their predraft visits on the talented wideout, who might not fall any further than this pick. Considering wide receiver is one of the team's biggest needs, they could jump at the chance to draft Ridley, who could eventually take over the No. 1 role if the Cowboys move on from Dez Bryant next offseason, which would save them more than $12 million on the cap."


The Dallas Cowboys will be meeting with free agent WR Allen Hurns today, a tangible second receiver that could immediately upgrade Terrance Williams' position. Hurns, unlike the lesser-known pass catchers the Cowboys looked at previously in free agency, may have enough talent entering his fifth season to take Calvin Ridley out of consideration in the first round.

For now, Ridley should absolutely remain in the conversation as this draft's top receiver. Frequently finding his way to the Cowboys in many post-Combine mock drafts, the Alabama star is just getting started in reaching his football potential and becoming an option for Dak Prescott on the outside.

Draft Wire: Vita Vea, DT - Washington

USA Today Draft Wire's Jacob Infante:

"Vea could realistically go higher than No. 19, but there may not be a ton of teams willing to draft a nose tackle early on in the draft. Vea’s much different from the average nose tackle, though, which is something the Cowboys would see firsthand if they were to pick him."


The hype for Vita Vea as a prospective Dallas Cowboys target has died down ever since Stephen Jones mentioned the team's preference to find 1T DTs with the traits to also rush the passer as a 3T. Simply being "different from the average nose tackle," as Infante writes here, may not be enough for Vea to be selected at 19th overall by the Cowboys.

Should the Cowboys be surprisingly wiped out at both guard and linebacker on their board, considering a rare prospect like Vea and the impact he could make in Rod Marinelli's scheme could become much more realistic though.

An investment like Vea at nose tackle feels like the safest way for the Cowboys to protect their franchise tag investment on DE DeMarcus Lawrence - while also potentially boosting the play of Maliek Collins and David Irving inside at DT.

Drafttek: Isaiah Wynn, G - Georgia

Drafttek's Long Ball:

"... Isaiah Wynn played LOT for the SEC Champion and National Champion runner-up Georgia Bulldogs. Bill O'Brien's South coaching staff moved Wynn inside and he was easily the most impressive interior OL prospect during practice sessions..."


This would be one of the highest value picks the Dallas Cowboys could make at 19th overall. As it stands today, this team is in need of a starting left guard they can trust, which Isaiah Wynn can be from day one at the next level.

Despite their clear need up front, using another first round pick on an offensive lineman will surely generate some eyes rolls around Dallas on draft night. As if his mauling style of play and NFL-ready build aren't enough for the Cowboys to sell their fans on Wynn, his flexibility to provide needed depth at OT puts this Georgia product over the top.

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Recent trades by the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills to shake up the draft order may just be scratching the surface for the run of quarterbacks that takes place annually atop each draft. With as many as five QBs coming off the board prior to the Cowboys' first pick, their ability to add a quality starter at a position of need looks good.

Exactly what these positions of need will be by the end of free agency, and which prospects fill needs in Dallas, will update weekly as we continue to prepare you for the 2018 NFL Draft here at Inside The Star.

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